Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Scantling originally appeared in Gaelic as O Scannlain or Mac Scannlain, which are both derived from the word "scannal," which means "contention."
Early Origins of the Scantling family
The surname Scantling was first found in County Louth
(Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland
, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster
. "The Mac Scanlans were a sept of Louth, from whom the ancient locality of Bally Mac Scanlan took its name. The first of the family mentioned by D'Alton is Patrick O'Scanlan, who was made archbishop or Armagh in 1261. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
According to O'Hart, the family claim descent from the Heremon Kings of Ireland
, more specifically through the O'Shaughnessey pedigree as Tuadan, brother of Duach was the ancestor of O'Scannla which is Anglicized as Scanlan. CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
However, MacLysaght claims that there are two quite distinct septs; the O Scannlain of Munster
and MacScannlain of Louth. The latter claimed Bally Mac Scanlan (Ballymacscanlan) as their ancient homeland. He continues pointing out that there are six places names Ballymacscanlan throughout Ireland
eluding to the family's widespread distribution. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Scantling family
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Scantling Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Scantling revealed many variations, including Scanlan, O'Scannell, O'Scanlan, O'Scanlon, MacScanlan, Scanlin and many more.
Early Notables of the Scantling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Scantling family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Scantling Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Betty Scantling, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- William Scantling, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833